Discovery Hill’s Open House Cancelled

It is always hard making this decision, but the Open House at the Discover Hill Learning Center this Saturday is cancelled as we expect heavy rains. It will likely be too messy to explore the habitat.

On the bright side, yay for rain! We hope to reschedule another Open House in the spring.

Stay tuned for other opportunities and updates!

The School Year is Here and Discovery Hill is Ready!

Discover Hill - flowers and a bench

What a peaceful place to enjoy nature.The native plants we planted at the Discovery Hill Learning Center last spring are really filling in and look beautiful–just in time for school!

Schoolyard habitat sign at Discovery Hill

Hundreds of schoolchildren will be using the outdoor classroom this year to learn their regular curriculum by observing nature. Hands-on learning and student-led investigation can lead to academic improvement and higher standardized test scores in reading, mathematics, science and problem solving. Plus it is fun! What a great way to learn.

schoolchildren writing notes of their field investigation

Curious about the plants pictured above or adapting the curriculum for outdoor learning? You can have your questions answered at the Open House on September 21st.

Open House at Discovery Hill Learning Center

Blog Update: Due to what looks like the chances of a grand soaking over the next 24 hours or so, we are cancelling the Discovery Hill Open House tomorrow in Austin.

Save the Date - Discovery Hill Open House, September 21

Join us on September 21st at the new demonstration schoolyard habitat in Central Texas! National Wildlife Federation and Austin ISD invites the community to attend the free Open House at Discovery Hill Learning Center.

Tour this beautiful habitat and:

  • Learn about AISD’s curriculum and instructional goals for the habitat.
  • Learn first-hand how the habitat was built from conception to installation.
  • Learn about the ecological value of the habitat.
  • Experience the vast array of native plants and the wildlife that is already visiting the habitat.


WHAT: Discovery Hill Learning Center (aka Rocks to Roots) Open House

WHEN: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 9:00am – noon

WHERE: AISD Science and Health Resource Center (SHRC)
305 North Bluff Drive
Austin, TX 78745 [map]

RSVP Online

The morning will start with a short presentation from Austin ISD Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Pauline Dow, followed by an opportunity to tour the garden with designer, Judy Walther, from Environmental Survey Consulting. We hope you can join us!

Pleasant Hill Students Preparing to Name New Habitat

bluebonnetsStudents at Pleasant Hill Elementary in Austin, Texas are hard at work preparing for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rocks to Roots demonstration habitat on May 16th.

Their assignment is to create a poster that will be on permanent display at the habitat and come up with an official name for the habitat. There are 32 class entries in the poster and naming contest.

All 32 posters will be on display at the ribbon cutting ceremony and the winning class entry will be announced!

A sneak preview of a few of the possible names:

  • The Curious Garden
  • The Living Earth Classroom
  • Pleasant Hill Discovery Garden
  • Bugs, Brains and Blooms

If you haven’t already, RSVP now to join the Pleasant Hill students for a tour of the habitat, view the posters, and learn the official name for the habitat!